Hello Spring!

Hi everyone! Are you feeling the seasons change in your part of the world?  We are definitely in the midst of some major shifts and boy is it nice.

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A couple weekends ago, I took the kids to the Sonoma Valley for some hiking and exploration at the Jack London State Park and on the way there we went to the “Unconventional and Unexpected” exhibit to check out the quilts from the book of the same name.  What a treat this whole trip was.  We loved hiking around Jack London’s estate and seeing his homes.  That man traveled to the far reaches of the world (Alaska, Hawaii and Australia), established a working ranch and wrote several well known books and short stories all before he died at the age of 40-INSPIRING!  Minus the philandering and alcohol/drug abuse, I want to be Jack London when I grow up. 🙂

The quilt exhibit was also fantastic.  Being the only ones there, the person at the front desk kindly gave us our own private tour.  She showed us the quilt backs and even the glass window effect shown on the last pic above (evidently they discovered the pretty effect when showing off the quilts to some local Elementary School students.)  Those bright polyester quilts are dreamy!

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In my own creative world, I have continued to play with the Triangle in a Triangle blocks and have started working on one of my scrubs quilts in earnest.  (One of them is going to be a bias tape quilt which I had alluded to in a previous post.  My wandering mind has veered me in other directions since I last posted but I will come back around to it.)

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I have also been playing with recycled leather and made up some Springy bags.  At some point I need to share my tricks for leather appliqué as I have discovered a few really helpful techniques.  The orange leather by the way is from a skirt donated by Bianca (Thanks! I made them!).  That generous donation has spawned at least 4 different recycled leather projects-AMAZING!

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In my attempt to Spring Clean I have also been tackling my UFO pile and combined two quilt backs to make one quilt.  It is so simple it would almost more qualify as a blanket.  This heavy quilt out of remnant bin red denim and silver corduroy, red linen from my enormous fabric stash and ikea canvas Triangle block pleases me to no end however.  It is HEAVY and the texture is squishy and it is made of non-boutique substrates; a WINNER for me on all counts  This quilt will get used and loved in our house and will fit right in with my crew.

Wishing you some similar sublime weather and creative vigor.

Hillary

Ok, Just One More . . .

I swear, this leather repurposing is as addictive as chocolate . . . well, almost. 🙂  While the kids, my husband and I anxiously await my folks who are coming to visit after a road trip in southern Utah, I put some finishing touches on yet another bag.  Once again, with an idea in my head, I drew up a pattern and stitched it up.  I used the same printed leather as in my previous bag but flipped it over to show off the suede side for the bottom.  I added a linen flower I had made awhile back which feels like icing on the cake for this basic tote.

Linen Rosebud Flower Tutorial | Entropy Always Wins.

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It’s such fun to give my friends back their donated leather re-imagined.

Hillary

A Birthday Present for My Guy

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My husband is celebrating his birthday this weekend. He didn’t want much and I had a hard time coming up with good gifts so we settled on fixing his wedding ring (he had to have it cut off last year when he broke his finger in on off road motorcycle spill) and he asked me to make a bag for him using my industrial machine. I was perusing ideas and made up a design strongly inspired by a bag from Mountain Khaki. I used almost all recycled fabric and gear which made it so fun. A waxed cotton canvas raincoat that my guy never wears anymore became the main fabric.  Some leather from a jacket donated by a friend I used as trim and some of my guy’s old climbing rope was used for a front handle.

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I used some carabiners from REI to attach a strap to the back.

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My Juki was indispensable especially at the top as I sewed through two layers of heavy interfacing, four layers of canvas, two layers of leather and a zipper all in one swoop.  It also sewed through the climbing rope easily allowing me to attach it firmly to the bag. There is no way I could have made this bag without an industrial machine. I think we are both pretty pleased. 🙂